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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.3523.63al Qur'an by al-Qur'an
1.2643.73A Man Asleep by Georges Perec
1.2193.37The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
1.2093.53Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
1.1973.45Life of a Good-for-Nothing by Joseph von Eichendorff
1.1933.27Intrigue and love by Friedrich von Schiller
1.1783.53Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist
1.1753.18A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
1.1753.59Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso
1.1583.34A Village Romeo and Juliet by Gottfried Keller
1.1553.55Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
1.1473.85Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1444The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch
1.1433.77Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
1.1423.8The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture by Fritjof Capra
1.1343.57Runaway Horse by Martin Walser
1.1323.89The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.6Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1164.13Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1133.79Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.0933.07The Jew's Beech by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.86The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0733.97The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
1.0713.48Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler
1.0693.51Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0573.51Totem and Taboo by Sigmund Freud
1.0553.93The shadow out of time by H. P. Lovecraft
1.0533.51Bahnwärter Thiel by Gerhart Hauptmann
1.0464.12Capital: A Critique of Political Ecomony, Vol. 1: The Process of Production of Capital by Karl Marx
1.0413.84Lysistrata; a comedy in four acts by Aristophanes
1.0393.5Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht
1.0363.47Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes
1.0333.9Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0323.83The Flounder by Günter Grass
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0223.64Antigone by Sophocles
1.023.82The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0183.95The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
1.0183.89Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0143.69Innocent Erendira and Other Stories by Gabriel García Márquez
1.0143.58On the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1.0133.55Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink
1.0123.67Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles
1.0073.97To Have or to Be? by Erich Fromm
1.0033.72The Fire Raisers by Max Frisch
0.9993.67Politics by Aristotle
0.9983.7Poetics (Ars Poetica) by Aristoteles
0.9973.68Asterix and the Black Gold by Albert Uderzo
0.9974.09Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9963.64Eden by Stanisław Lem
0.9943.4Educating Rita by Willy Russell
0.9943.95The Castle by Franz Kafka
0.9923.43Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind
0.9913.63A Theatrical Novel by Mikhail Bulgakov
0.9893.69An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
0.9893.94Stranger in a Strange Land (original edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9873.8The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft
0.9864.25Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
0.9853.37Songbook by Nick Hornby
0.9853.23Kleider machen Leute by Gottfried Keller
0.9843.97Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9843.83Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
0.9823.48Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
0.983.61Der Hauptmann von Köpenick: Ein deutsches Märchen in drei Akten by Carl Zuckmayer
0.9793.66Memoirs Found in a Bathtub by Stanisław Lem
0.9753.6Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
0.9743.6Die philosophische Hintertreppe. Vierunddreißig große Philosophen in Alltag und Denken. by Wilhelm Weischedel
0.9714.09The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9713.8Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.973.66Gorgias by Plato
0.973.72The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
0.9683.97Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
0.9673.88The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
0.9653.93Atonement by Ian McEwan
0.9643.82Homo Faber by Max Frisch
0.9633.84Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield by René Goscinny
0.9634.07The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
0.9613.84Candide by Voltaire
0.963.77Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
0.9593.84The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
0.9593.92Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
0.9573.22The Second Angel by Philip Kerr
0.9543.78Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.9533.64The Art of Always Being Right by Arthur Schopenhauer
0.9523.86One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith
0.9513.61The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
0.9513.51Ensel und Krete by Walter Moers
0.9514.35Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
0.953.81Tales of Pirx the Pilot by Stanisław Lem
0.9493.77Women by Charles Bukowski
0.9474.25The Man Without Qualities (complete) by Robert Musil
0.9473.49Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka
0.9434.26Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
0.9433.82The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
0.9424.02The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.9413.98The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
0.9413.76Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott
0.9363.73So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ
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